[<< wikipedia] North Carolina General Assembly of 1785
The North Carolina General Assembly of 1785 met in New Bern from November 18, 1785  to December 29, 1785.  The assembly consisted of the 114 members of the North Carolina House of Commons and 54 senators of North Carolina Senate elected by the voters on August 19, 1785.  During the 1785 session, the legislature created Rockingham County.  As prescribed by the 1776 Constitution of North Carolina the General Assembly elected Richard Caswell to continue as Governor of North Carolina and members of the Council of State.


== Councilors of State ==
As prescribed by the 1776 Constitution of North Carolina, the General Assembly elected Richard Caswell as  governor on December 9, 1785 and the following members of the North Carolina Council of State:
Joseph Leech, Craven County, President, elected on December 10, 1785,
James Gillespie, Duplin County, elected on December 10, 1785
Winston Caswell, Dobbs County, Clerk
John Hawks, Craven County, elected on December 10, 1785
William McClure, Craven County, elected on December 10, 1785
John Spicer, Onslow County, elected on December 10, 1785
Green Hill, Franklin County, elected on December 12, 1785
Miles King, Richmond County, elected on December 28, 1785James Glasgow continued as North Carolina Secretary of State.


== Assembly membership ==


=== House of Commons members ===

There were 114 positions authorized for the House of Commons in this assembly, including one representative from each of six districts and 54 counties.  Only 105 delegates are known to have attended this House of Commons assembly.Fayette County, which was formed in July 1784 from the eastern part of Cumberland County, reverted to Cumberland County three months later, so does not appear in this assembly.Greene, Sullivan and Washington Counties had formed the State of Franklin in an attempt to create a new state.  They did not send representatives to this assembly.Anson, Bladen, and Gates County only sent one elected official to the House of Commons.The House of Commons delegates elected a Speaker (Richard Dobbs Spaight), Clerk (John Hunt), Assistant Clerk (John Haywood), Doorkeeper (Peter Gooding), and Assistant Doorkeeper (James Malloy).  The following delegates to the House of Commons were elected by the voters of North Carolina to represent each county and district:


=== Senate members ===

The Senators elected a President (Alexander Martin), Clerk (John Haywood), Assistant Clerk (Sherwood Haywood), Doorkeeper (William Murphy), and Assistant Doorkeeper (Nicholas Murphy).  The following Senators were elected by the voters of North Carolina to represent each county:


== Legislation ==
The assembly passed the acts concerning:

For additional details on minutes of the assembly and laws, see Legislative Documents.


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